First Grade Supplemental Reading List

Bible Stories and Catholic Stories:

  • First Children’s Bible (available at
  • First Book of Saints (available at
  • Catholic Stories for Boys and Girls, Volume 1 (available at
  • Stories Told By Mother Teresa, by Drummond, Le Joly & Chaliha
  • Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, by Tomie dePaola
  • Saint Francis, by Brian Wildsmith (detailed illustrations, simple text)
  • Mary: The Mother of Jesus, by Tomie dePaola
  • Old Testament Rhymes, Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson (available at
  • A Child’s Rule of Life, Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson (available at


  • The American Heritage First Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin (available at

Recommended Anthologies:

  • American Cardinal Readers, Book One ( (Book One contains twenty-three stories about family life and Bible stories to read to your child.)
  • What Your First Grader Needs to Know (available at
  • Listen, My Children: Poems for First Graders (available at
  • Read and Learn with Classic Stories, Grade 1 (ISBN: 1-56189-682-9 available at
  • The Children’s Book of America, edited by William J. Bennett
  • Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales (The Original and Authorized Edition – F. Warne & Co.)
  • The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, and The Complete Poems of Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne
  • Paddington Treasury, by Michael Bond
  • Great Children’s Stories: The Classic Volland Edition, illus. by F. Richardson (
  • Let’s Play: Traditional Games of Childhood, Camilla Gryski

Foreign Languages and Cultures:


  • Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal! : A Book About Interjections and Conjunctions (Ruth Heller’s Language Series)
  • Behind the Mask : A Book About Prepositions, by Ruth Heller
  • Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns, by Ruth Heller
  • Many Luscious Lollipops : A Book About Adjectives, by Ruth Heller
  • Merry-Go-Round : A Book About Nouns, by Ruth Heller
  • Mine, All Mine : A Book About Pronouns, by Ruth Heller
  • Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs, by Ruth Heller


  • The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles, by Maud and Miska Petersham
  • The Owl and The Pussycat, by Edward Lear, illustrated by Jan Brett
  • Over the River and Through the Wood, by Lydia Maria Child, illustrated by Brinton Turkle
  • Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, by Eugene Field, illustrated by Johanna Westerman
  • Johnny Appleseed, poem by Reeve Lindbergh, illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen
  • The Night Before Christmas, Moore – (Classic Illustrated Edition available at

Tales and Legends:

  • How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have? and Other Tales, retold by Julius Lester
  • In a Circle Long Ago: A Treasury of Native Lore from North America, retold by Nancy Van Laan
  • The Story of Jumping Mouse, retold and illustrated by John Steptoe
  • The Story of Johnny Appleseed, retold and illustrated by Aliki

Aesop’s Fables:

Be aware that several versions of these fables exist in modern children’s books.

Grade 1 Phonetic Readers:

Easy Readers:

Zaner-Bloser Non-Fiction Literacy books: Upper Emergent Level

Ray’s Readers; Emergent Science; Upper Emergent Science; Plane Geometry; More Geometry; National Holidays; My Family; My Friends; My Community. (

Dorling Kindersley Level 2 Readers

Photographs and historical facts. Titles Include: Firefighters; Bugs! Bugs! Bugs; Slinky, Scaly Snakes; Animal Hospital; The Little Ballerina; Munching, Crunching, Sniffing, and Snooping; The Secret Life of Trees; Winking, Blinking, Wiggling and Waggling; Astronaut – Living in Space; Twisters; Holiday! Celebration Days around the World; The Story of Pocahontas; Pony Show; Journey of a Humpback Whale; (Volcano) Eruption; Survivors; Dinosaur Dinners; Horse Show; The Story of Columbus. (

Dr. Seuss Beginner Books

The simple stories containing phonetic word patterns enforce phonetic concepts. First Grade level titles include:  Hop On Pop; The Cat in the Hat; Green Eggs and Ham; Fox in Socks; One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish; I Can Read with My Eyes Shut; I Wish That I Had Duck Feet; Oh, Say Can You Say; Oh the Thinks You Can Think; There’s No Place Like Space; On Beyond Bugs; Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds; Is a Camel a Mammal? All About Mammals; Ten Apples Up on Top (by Theodore LeSeig) (

Picture Book Theme: Pond Animals

  • Look Closer: Pond Life, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Amazing Frogs and Toads (Eyewitness Juniors
  • Frogs and Toads and Tadpoles, by Allan Fowler (Rookie Read About Science series – Children’s Press)

Picture Book Theme: Sea Animals

  • Look Closer: Coral Reef, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Look Closer: Shoreline, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Look Closer: Tide Pool, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Amazing Fish (Eyewitness Juniors
  • Life in a Tide Pool, by Allan Fowler (Rookie Read About Science series – Children’s Press)
  • Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story, by Wendy Tokuda
  • Baby Whale’s Journey, by Jonathan London
  • Jonah and the Whale (Bible Story)

Picture Book Theme: River Animals

  • Look Closer: River Life, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Fish is Fish, by Leo Leonni

Classic Books:

  • Classic Short Stories Adapted by Paul Galdone (Clarion Books).  Titles include: The Elves and the Shoemaker; Jack and the Beanstalk; Little Red Hen; Rumplestiltskin; The Three Bears; The Three Little Pigs; The Gingerbread Boy.
  • Hailstones and Halibut Bones, poems by Mary O’Neill
  • Raggedy Ann Stories, by Johnny Gruelle (unabridged edition)
  • Raggedy Andy Stories, by Johnny Gruelle (unabridged edition)
  • Stuart Little, E.B. White
  • The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit, retold by Julius Lester

Recommended Publishers:

The Value of Your Enrollment

Your enrollment provides you with much more than just a box of books. It provides an accredited education, a strong support system, and a community of staff and homeschoolers who are in your corner. It provides access to academic and support counseling, grading and record keeping, and a solid Catholic curriculum that promotes strong Catholic values in each and every subject.


All of our books and materials are thoroughly Catholic, from beginning to end.

Read more


Your enrollment includes daily lesson plans that are detailed but entirely flexible.

Read more


Your enrollment includes access to MySeton, multimedia resources, and much more.

Read more


Enrolled families can call or email our academic counselors for homeschooling help.

Read more


Your enrollment includes grading services, academic record keeping, and more.

Read more


Families can rest assured knowing that Seton is nationally accredited through MSA-CESS.

Read more